Tuesday, 27 July 2010

TimeMap Berlin

This Bing Map lets you view historical maps of Berlin. The map features an innovative 'timescope' that you can drag over the modern map of Berlin whilst viewing the historical map through the timescope.

If you wish to view a different historical map of Berlin you can select a date from the bottom of the timescope. It is also possible to adjust the transparency of the historical map to view the modern map beneath. On the right hand side of the map are quick links to some of Berlin's top sights.

TimeMap Berlin

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Facebook Stories using Bing Maps

Facebook Stories using Bing Maps
Find Facebook Stories by location using Bing Maps

Facebook is all about your individual and collective experiences of you and your friends. It's filled with hundreds of millions of stories. Which ones inspire you? What's your Facebook story?

Facebook has launched a new application highlighting shared stories about people who have leveraged Facebook to reconnect.
The app "Facebook Stories" uses stories that have been authored by users who’ve found family, friends and flames on Facebook after having been long disconnected and used the social network to find one another amongst the 500 million Facebook users.

Of the stories that have been published, Facebook is providing you with location context via Bing Maps. For those users that are reading the stories a map provides that visual representation to stories location.

The application lets you scroll through stories on Bing Maps (by location), as well as by dozens of themes  “Love,” “Family,” Reunions,” “Sports” and “College” etc.. Fill out the short form at the bottom and select a theme, and you’ll be able to share your story in the application and with your friends through News Feed.

Facebook wants your stories. Story submissions are limited to 420 characters, so think about what makes your story unique and about the impact you or a group of people made by using Facebook. Read the full blog post on the Facebook blog for more details.

Facebook Stories App  and Bing Map -


Thursday, 15 July 2010

Bing Maps - Data Connector - SQL Server

Bing Maps - Data Connector is an Open Source + Open Data project focused on connecting the power of Bing Maps Silverlight Control to the spatial query capabilities of SQL Server 2008.

Bing Maps Data Connector SQL Spatial
Bing Maps Data Connector SQL Spatial
The Live Example - Finding Earthquakes using a user defined Buffer.
Solid Red line is Line to be buffered, green is the buffer, cyan is individual earthquake and associated attribution (date, size, duration).

The three basic parts of this project are the DataBase (SampleGeographyData), the WCF Services (DataConnectorWCF), and the Silverlight Client (DataConnectorUI2). The DataConnectorWCF and DataConnectorUI were developed using Visual Studio 2008 and the data base requires SQL Server 2008.

Bing Maps -  Data Connector - SQL Server 2008 Query
Bing Maps - Data Connector - SQL Server 2008 Query
These datasets imported to SQL 2008 were chosen to provide useful common data resources as well as examples of each type of spatial feature: points, lines, and polygons.

Additional data resources are easily added to SQL Server. The import utility used for this project was FME Translator from Safe Software.

The data was imported as spatial type geometry and then corrected as required to make valid before updating to an additional geography spatial column. EPSG:4326 is the SRID used for all tables and constraints were added to enforce this srid. The end result is two spatial columns, “the geo” as geography, and “the geom” as geometry. Once imported the data was modified to include an “ID” column suitable for use as a primary key necessary for spatial indexing. For the sake of uniformity each table was also modified as necessary to provide a ‘NAME’ column. For the thematic polygon example an ‘AREA’ column was added to each of the polygon tables. Finally, spatial indices were added to the geography and the geometry columns.

There are lots of examples and blogs that explore Silverlight Mapping as well as resources for SQL Server Spatial. Howev
er, the WCF middle tier is not as well represented, which is the reason for publishing this project. The DataConnectorUI2 example Silverlight UI is a Navigation Project with examples of connecting to each of the sample WCF Services.

1. WKT example uses 'Well Known Text' to transmit SQL query results to the client.
2. XAML example transforms SQL query results into XAML, and then transmits as a XAML MapLayer.
3. Tile example builds raster png images in 256px x 256px tiles from the SQL query results. Tile Service feeds these to the client as MapTileLayer.TileSources endpoints. Tile has examples of both cached tiles and dynamic tiles. The th
ematic option will build dynamic tiles, otherwise tiles are cached in SQL Server as acquired.
4. Hybrid example combines tiles and XAML. Lower zoom levels use tile service for better performance with large data sets while higher zoom levels switch to XAML service to take advantage of vector interactivity.

Live Example : http://silverlight.onterrasys.com/dataconnectorUI/#/WKT

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Ordnance Survey Map in Bing Maps - Silverlight

Ordnance Survey Map in Bing Maps 1:25k and 1:50k Mapping Scales

Ordnance Survey 50k Landranger Bing Maps Silverlight

Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 (Landranger series) scale mapping in Bing Maps

Ordnance Survey 25k Landranger Bing Maps Silverlight
Ordnance Survey 1:25.000 (Explorer series) scale mapping in Bing Maps


Sunday, 4 July 2010

2010 Tour De France on Bing Maps

2010 Tour De France on Bing Maps

Tour de France Bing Maps App

Bing Maps includes elevation gain, slope (-/+%) with an interactive profile chart linked to the map route of each stage.

The 2010 Tour De France Bing Maps app:

This app is designed to help you visualise the overall race, the stages (stages tab + numbers) and how variables such as weather & elevation (elevation profiles) will impact each stage. Results will be updated along the way in the 'Results' tab.
Check the content in the 'Stages' and 'Results' tabs as you keep track of the greatest cycling race in the world.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Seattle.gov 'My Neighborhood' - Bing Maps

Seattle.gov 'My Neighborhood' - Bing Maps

Seattle.gov have launched this 'My Neighborhood' include Crime reports Map.
The crime icons are based on initial police reports taken by officers when responding to incidents around the city. The information enters Seattle Police Records Management System and is then transmitted out to the Bing map.

Note: This data and their corresponding map icons will populated on the 'My Neighborhood' map within 6 to 12 hours after the report is filed into the system.

Seattle Police 'My Neighborhood' Crime Map
Use the left-hand side bar in choosing date (by calendar), types of crime (Crimes Against Persons, Drugs and Vice, Property Crime/Theft, Transportation & Miscellaneous sub- catergories). Advice is not to switch everything on at once.

About the data:
The mapped icons are based on police reports taken by officers when responding to incidents around the city. The time for an incident to show on the map is 12 hours after the report has been processed. However, the time for a report related to the event to be made available online can take 2-3 business days.

Important Note:
This map provides a good overview of reported activity going on in the Seattle neighborhood. The icons for these incidents are based on initial reports, however, and are subject to change as the investigation proceeds. For this reason, the mapped incidents will not match monthly crime statistics and will not provide a true measure of safety or crime in an area.

View the Seattle Police "My Neighborhood" Bing Map

On the same Bing Map it is possible to view live Fire or Medical impacts
Seattle Police 'My Neighborhood' Fire and Medicial Map
Using the 'Impacts' tab on the map will change from crime to Fire Incidents (with covers medicial) assistance - this map is updated every 2 minutes.

View the Fire/Medicial Map